warm friendly people, kinda a party town (hated that) lol, beautiful, relatively inexpensive, very relaxing
If you can do not visit Ischia during August...
In Naples there is more than just pizza!
La Mortella Gardens is a very large green area with more than 3000 species of esotic and rare plants. It was built By William Walton (an English composer) and his wife Susana on the site of a hillside quarry. This park is divided in two areas; a lower garden (the valley) and un upper garden (the hill). This is characterized by a Mediterranean...more
The Aragonese Castle is a fortress which stands on a volcanic rock connected to the island by a bridge built in 1438. It was originally built by Hieron I of Syracuse in 474 B. C. It was then occupied by the Parthenopeans; the ancient Neapolitans. In 326 B. C. the Romans took it over and then again the Parthenopeans, Visigoths, Vandals, Goths,...more
There are two nice beaches you shouldn' t miss on this island, if you like to lie in the sun. San Montano Bay and the Maronti Beach.San Montano Bay is situated in Lacco Ameno. One side of this beach has free of charge entrance and the other is owned by Negombo Thermal Gardens. There is an outdoor cafe on this beach.The Maronti Beach is the largest...more
I "Giardini Poseidon" or "Poseidon's Gardens" are a park of balneotherapy located on Ischia Island. There, you will be able to relax with the technics invented already by the Romans. In fact, the park has 22 pools with different temperatures from 20 to 40° celsius.You can experience the "Kneipp" a pool at a very hot temperature where you are...more
Spiaggia San Francesco is a long, busy beach located just outside Forio. It is a fairly long walk from the main road (and the bus stop) but it the walk is along a flat surface. 90% of the beach is pay-per-use (€3 per day for umbrella and sun chair), and the remaining 10% is in a cove that tends to catch the seaweed and garbage. Swimming around the...more
Spiaggia dell'Inglese was one of the nicest beaches I visited on the island. It was very secluded and was 90% free [the other ten percent was pay-per-use lounge chairs with umbrellas]. It is a ten minute walk downhill, watch for the signs as you take the bus from Ischia to Forio [it is about three stops outside of Ischia]. I felt very secure on the...more
Castello Aragonese is one of the most striking monuments on the island. It stands on a small island near Ischia Ponte. The castle can be reached over a stone bridge. The small island is about 113 meters high and the climb can be made on an old mule track or by using a modern elevator that was installed in the seventies. The castle was built in 1441...more
World famous Sorgeto bay was a little rough and tumbly on the day we were there. Even the owner of our hotel which was a five minute walk away told us you could swim in the sea all year long because of the hot vents. But it was a wild stormy day and we walked down the steps, had the place to ourselves, it was very beautiful, but it looked very...more
Il Fornaretto is a bakery with some seatings.Here you can find a large selection of pastries; several cold and hot food as bread with various fillings et al. At this bakery you can buy cold beverages as well.There are even some beautiful cakes on sale here. I liked much a pastry with ricotta ( a kind of soft cheese) and a croissant with Nutella....more
This confectionery has a good choice of pastries, but I only went there to have a couple of scoops of ice cream which I liked it very much.I have to advice you that ice creams and other food here will cost you much more if you sit at one of the tables of this cafe. At Dolce è La Vita they have various ice cream flavours. I liked much the lemon...more
For my money, the best food in Ischia is made by Ciccio Buono and his son, Guido, at Da Ciccio in Ischia Ponte. Amazingly simple dishes, cooked in the most traditional ways, using fresh tomatoes, garlic, chilli, capers and olive oil and, of course, the local catch from the island. Fish and seafood are dominant on the menu, as are beautiful fresh...more
Once you arrive in Ischia off the boat, you will have no trouble getting around. There is a small bus system that loops around the island continuously. It cost 1,20 euro for a 90 minute ticket which you validate on the bus. It would seem that residents, especially old and school age, do not need tickets but you as a tourist do. It is a good and...more
We decided to rent a moke for about 30 Euros per day on a whim. Let me tell you, the experience in itself was worth so much more! It's hard to take yourself seriously as you drive around in one of these vehicles... Trust me! If you don't believe me, ask me to tell you the story about the bus stop or the dead end next to the block of apartments.more
I guess you have the choice of ferry or hydrofoil to Ischia from Naples. We chose the hydrofoil as it takes 1/2 the time at 45 minutes. Plus it was great fun. The one way trip from Naples to Ischia was 11,50 euro. From the naples train station, the bus station is right next door, take the bus to Beverello porta (about 10 minutes) and at the docks...more
mountain biking on ischia is great but it is an "extreme sport".
Don't bother trying to follow the route described in tip 2 i just wrote unless either you are an expert biker or you are tired of life, especially if you are going to try the decend from serra to maronti beach.
I'm not joking, I knew a rider in Naples who was killed on trails like this.
Dsc brakes tend to overheat and the gravel on the grounf makes for extreme biking conditions, not to mention the cliffs.
So, don't try this at home, kids !
Be cautious with the local taxi drivers. They all charge exorbitant prices which they're usually prepared to lower by half at least if you argue a bit. There will be much emphatic gesturing, lies about how far it is, comments about yourself, then they'll capitulate and take you wherever you want for a reasonable price.I generally steer clear of...more
If you take the bus to Fontana to take the hike to the highest point on the island, Mt Epomeo, right across the street from the bus stop is a coffee shop. His name was Sylvio, and he was a cute older Italian man who practically drug us into the shop for a cappucino. Ok the cappucinos were huge, expensive, but very delicious, maybe the best I have...more
Found an interesting MTB route this time.To follow this route, take the following directions:-Cycle down the main Panza- S. Angelo road.At a certain point, you cross a small bridge and there is a garage on your left.continue on towards s angelo, trying not to run any tourists over.You then get to another space and there is a left turn that goes up...more
It's a bit too vertical and rocky for any decent mountain biking however the roads are mountainous so you can have quite a decent ride if you stick to the asphalt.It is possible to take several of the tracks leading up the volcano from serra fontana and there is a good ridge trail along the top of the volcano's ridge which starts towards panza and...more
Serrara Fontana is a tiny village on the island of Ischia, just below Mount Epomeo. It's about 500 metres on the sea level and from one of it edges there's a beautiful view on the southern coast of the island, including Capri on your left hand side and sometimes (when the visibility is very good) Ventotene on your right hand side.When you arrive in...more
Wait for a clear day, if it started raining or was foggy this would not be a pleasant experience. 789 meters high you take a bus to the last town of Fontana and hike about 50 minutes UP at 10%grade. Near the top the path narrows to troughs for the water to drain and for a short distance you are walking in a very narrow canyon or crevice that I had visions of flash flood wipeout. The views from the top though are incredible, all around the perimeter of the island you can see Capri, Sorrento, Procida, Ischia Ponte and everything in between.
Equipment: Bring a jacket and a lightweight t-shirt as you will need them both. It is very windy at the top. Good shoes would be helpful, and a good camera is a must.
Ischia is the main town on the island.It is divided in two areas; Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte. Ischia Porto is the area where you find lots of shops, restaurants and the harbour (hence the name; porto. It means harbour). Ischia Ponte is the old core of this town.You should go to Ischia Ponte in order to visit the Aragonese Castle. Ischia Ponte is...more
There are several water springs on this island. One of these is the Olmitello Spring. It is located some meters far from the Maronti beach. The healing qualities of this water are known since the ancient times. The more important studies about them were made by prof. Giulio Gasolino in 1588. He wrote about the healing properties of this water which...more
Sant' Angelo is a nice village located on the southern coast of Ischia. It was built partly on a hill; so if you like to explore it properly you should climb several steps.This village has some beaches, various shops, restaurants and cafes.One of the good reason to visit Sant' Angelo is to have a good ice cream at the pasticceria (confectionery)...more